MONTREAL – You can’t win ‘em all and the Habs are learning some valuable lessons from every loss this year.
While no one in the Canadiens’ dressing room was making excuses for the 5-3 loss to the Flyers on Wednesday night, everyone knew what went wrong against the Broad Street Bullies.
“I thought we were doing the right things, it was just costly mistakes. You turn pucks over and it’s in your net,” explained P.K. Subban
, who had a goal and an assist. “We’ve got to make better decisions with the puck, manage the game, understand how much time is on the clock and make the right decisions. We played well at times and other times we didn’t get the bounces or we made bad decisions and it ended up costing us. We can’t really worry about it. We have to put it behind us and get ready for tomorrow.”
Subban may still be a rookie in the league, but he’s already well-versed in the ups-and-downs an NHL season can bring.
“During the season things are going to happen. You’re going to go on winning streaks or you’re going to go on losing streaks; it’s how you weather the storm and how you get out of it,” offered the 21-year-old blue-liner. “You have to play a smart game and do the right things. You have to get back to the basics. For the most part, I thought we came out and worked.”
Never one to dwell on a loss, Michael Cammalleri wasn’t about to start now. That could be because the 28-year-old sniper had already turned the page.
“It sucks and you wanted to win the game tonight and you wanted to at least get a point out of it,” admitted Cammalleri who chipped in with two assists against the Flyers. “But how tough is it? Not that tough. We’re in this business and we’ve been doing it a long time and we’ll wake up tomorrow, go play another hockey game and try to win that one.”
After seeing his team drop three-straight games for the first time this season, captain Brian Gionta
has a simple enough solution.
“In order to get out of it, we have to play 60 minutes,” prescribed Gionta. “When we were going hard and skating and going to the net, we had our chances. I thought of the three games, this was probably our best one.
“We put ourselves in a hole again tonight and it was tough to get out of it. We made a couple of mistakes, but that happens throughout the course of a game,” he added. “It’s a matter of backing each other up. When a guy makes a mistake, we have to support him and back him up right away and squash the mistake. Unfortunately tonight, we weren’t able to do that.” Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.
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